Severna Park's Art Gallery
Established 1983

Abigail Faye McBride

"Across the Water"
Oil 24 x 30

"Red Delicious"
Oil 18 x 24

"The Model"
Oil 24 x 18

Abigail McBride painting "Gingerville" en plein air with a palette knife

Abigail McBride

“The longer I paint, the more amazed I am
at how beautiful the world is.”

Abigail Faye McBride paints with the mind of a scholar and the heart of a poet. From the sun splashed outdoors to rich interiors her interests are broad in scope. Inspired by what she sees, Abigail paints on location.

While a consummate Cape School colorist, the draftsmanship in her work is born of an academic interest in the portrait and figure. She is part of a new breed of painters working from direct observation be it plein air or in the studio. Though often free of narrative, her work is grounded in the present day as a contemporary interpretation of genre painting.

Abigail paints landscape, figure and still life working interchangeably with brush and palette knife. Collectors, nationally and internationally, appreciate the color, mood and elegance of her work.
Abigail grew up surrounded by art and artists. Her mother owns two successful fine art galleries in Maryland.
Her first art lesson at age 7 was given by her grandmother, Minnesota watercolorist, Frances Karlsson while on a visit to her grandparent’s farm. McBride says it is still memorable as the impetus to continue to draw and paint.

McBride has developed a reputation as a dynamic teacher. She teaches selected painting workshops, college classes and private lessons. She enjoys passing on painting principles acquired from years of study with portrait painters Cedric and Joanette Egeli, figure sculptor Stephen Perkins and Cape School Impressionist John Ebersberger. Following graduation from Westmont College, Abigail’s work was almost immediately acknowledged by American Artist Magazine in a 2000 article about palette knife painting and again in a major 8 page article in 2008, by Stephen Doherty, “Adding to your Set of Creative Tools” about McBride’s approach to painting. This early national recognition helped launch Abigail into gallery representation. She now shows her work in private shows, fine art galleries, and museum exhibitions.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum exhibited Abigail’s work in the 2004 show, “Sunlight and Shadow,” comparing contemporary Impressionist painters to the early historic Pennsylvania Impressionists. Maryland Public Television (MPT) created an Emmy Award-winning segment in 2002 featuring Abigail and a group of dedicated plein air painters who trekked to Western Maryland each winter to paint en plein air around Deep Creek Lake. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts hosted a major exhibit called “Shades of Winter” of the resulting paintings that same year.

Abigail has received awards from The Portrait Society of America, plein air events in Paint Easton and Paint Annapolis and the prestigious RayMar Fine Art Competition. She primarily exhibits in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Massachusetts.

Skills learned as one the founders of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association in 2002 helped McBride to launch a painting event called Paint the Town in Chesapeake City, MD in 2011. She is a member of MAPAPA, OPA, the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and The Portrait Society of America.
Abigail has had solo shows at the FAN Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, the Egeli Gallery, Provincetown, MA, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD, The Hudson Contemporary (The Gibby), Middletown, DE and Benfield Gallery, Severna Park, MD. Corporation collections include Merrill Lynch, Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc., Turley Home Alliance, and Chesapeake City.

Garden Fresh AM5

Paper 10 x 8 - $60

Medium Canvas
12 x 10
Stretched: $147

Large Canvas 20 x 16 $220
Stretched: $256

Giclee Print
Signed Ltd Ed

Annapolis at Night AM4

Paper 10 x 8 - $60

Medium Canvas
12 x 10 - $125
Stretched: $147

Large Canvas 20 x 16
Stretched: $256

Giclee Print
Signed Ltd Ed

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